It seems like being green is the way forward, with everyone from our neighbours to A-list celebrities crossing over to the… well, green side! We all know how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle, and there are a couple of great blogs out there to help us go green in Hong Kong. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, cut down on that utilities bill or even find an organic restaurant to visit during your lunch break, we’ve picked out a few earth-friendly blogs that are sure to inspire you to become eco-chic!
The idea of switching over to a green lifestyle can seem a little daunting to say the least! But not to worry, the Green Queen is here to hold your hand through it all. For any souls out there who want to be a little more eco-friendly, this is a great place to start. As the Green Queen herself began on her journey to a more sustainable way of living, she discovered some great green places around the city that supported her new lifestyle. All her green knowledge is now fitted into a comprehensive guide, covering everything from green shops, brands and restaurants. This blog is the perfect starting point if you want to learn how to go green in Hong Kong the easy way…
Nowadays, Green Queen’s blog has over 850 listings of eco-friendly restaurants, stores and services, so you’ll know the best places to shop, what to buy, where to eat and more! Her directory is carefully organised, so you’ll have no problem finding whatever you need. From organic fruit and veg shops, to toxin free makeup, she’s got you covered! Our go-to green guide at Sassy.
Zero Waste Hong Kong
A family of 6 (including 3 little ones and a dog!) have managed to do what most of us would think to be impossible, and achieved their goal of producing (practically) no household waste. Especially in Hong Kong, a zero waste lifestyle seems completely out of the question, but after 18 months of practice, this family seemed to have nailed it. Luckily for us, they have been blogging their entire experience, so although most of us won’t be switching to a zero waste lifestyle just yet, we can follow their example to get even a little bit closer!
They have identified 5 key steps to switching to a zero waste lifestyle – refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot – and they have an archive of posts dedicated to helping you in each category. As well as a guide to zero waste holidays and celebrations (like birthdays, Christmas and Chinese New Year), they also have a list of helpful tips to reduce your carbon footprint at home. Some of their advice is really interesting, who would have thought something as insignificant as tissue boxes could have such a huge impact on the world! Their personal blog section which includes posts about their new lifestyle and the challenges they faced is fascinating to read through – this is a family of great role models for any green hopefuls out there!
Did you know that if everyone in Hong Kong gave up meat one day a week, it would be like taking 86,000 cars off the road? Such a small lifestyle change can make a massive difference… so there are no excuses now, girls! Green Monday is a group of Hong Kong-based organisations and individuals who want to do their part to reduce their impact on the environment, simply by going veggie one day a week! Hong Kong isn’t alone in this, there are over 20 campaigns around the world that work together to promote meat-free Mondays.
To help make Green Mondays as successful as possible, their website has a whole section dedicated to all sorts of meatless recipes, from salads to soups and everything in between! You can also submit your own vegetarian recipes for other Green Monday-goers to try. Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood to cook, because Green Monday have paired with restaurants and delivery places all over Hong Kong to create special Green Monday menus, so you know you’re eating freshly prepared vegetarian dishes. What are you waiting for? Take the Green Monday pledge to go green now!
This online magazine’s mission is to make green mainstream! Ecozine provides the tools and information needed to live a sustainable lifestyle, making it the go-to guide for smarter living. This site is practically overflowing with useful articles, interviews, reviews, tips and videos. It’s split into eight sections for a sustainable lifestyle; but we particularly love the ‘wellness’ and ‘style’ segments which include posts about low-carbon made fashion, fitness and spa treatments that won’t cost the earth.
They have a searchable directory, the eco pages, full of thousands of eco-friendly businesses in Asia, as well as reviews and articles on all sorts of places and products in Hong Kong. Their calculator lets you work out your carbon footprint, whilst the calendar will let you know of any green events coming up, like expos, markets or conferences. In case you didn’t know, their first print issue was just released (printed on 100% recycled paper with soy inks of course!), and they even managed to grab Owen Wilson as their first cover star! Look out for it in stores, or sign up for their daily or weekly newsletter to keep updated.
Go Green Hong Kong
The people behind this blog are regular folk that care about the environment and want you to do the same. They go out of their way to try out healthy, sustainable products and restaurants in Hong Kong, so you can find the eco-friendliest places to go! From shopping, dining and things to do, they write detailed evaluations on the product, price, and how green it really is – rating it from ‘deep green’ to ‘green wash’. Their news and analysis section has a wealth of articles which are definitely worth a read.
They look into important issues about Hong Kong’s environmental impact, and are sure to make you think twice about some of your own actions! Go Green’s main page has a link to ‘Water for Free’, a mobile app and website that tells you the location of water fountains around Hong Kong in an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles cluttering out oceans and filling our landfills. What are you waiting for? Download it now!